Winter in Florida with its cooler days offers many reasons to visit Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. There are lots of new things to see. Homosassa Springs is one of a very few places where you can see endangered West Indian manatees, Whooping cranes, Florida Key Deer, and Red wolves. It may be winter by the calendar but Spring has already arrived at Homosassa Springs....
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Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Welcome to Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
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Visitors can see West Indian manatees every day of the year from the park's underwater observatory in the main spring. The park showcases native Florida wildlife, including manatees, black bears, bobcats, white-tailed deer, American alligators, American crocodiles, and river otters. Manatee programs are offered three times daily. At the Wildlife Encounter programs, snakes and other native animals are featured. Recreational opportunities include picnicking, nature study, and bird-watching. The park features a Discovery Center, providing hands-on experiences about Florida's environment. Transportation from the visitor center on U.S. 19 to the West Entrance is available by tram or boat. The park has two concessionaire-operated gift shops and a concessionaire-operated café with a selection of beverages and snacks. Plan 3 1/2 to 4 hours to tour the park. Check the Ranger Programs for a list of interactive events throughout the park each day.